I am a music lover and new to this forum. I want to setup a new home stereo system but in a dilemma of choosing the right options. About myself: music first then movie, both are important. I thought of going for a soundbar that is also good for music listening. But there are so many options and price points and my budget is not huge. I also thought of going for a couple of bookshelf speakers. Here are some thoughts: Good sound for music listening. Good for movies also. Good stereo separation and feel for surround. Not looking for atmos or dtsx right now, in future upgrade possibility. I am not sure how much a 3.1 soundbar offers for surround sound. Can I achieve similar surround sound from couple of bookshelves and a center? I am also open for a soundbar that produce good sound for music also. If I go for bookshelf, then I need to buy an amp also. In that case, I should probably go for AVR instead of stereo amp? But, are AVRs good for music listening also? I also want some smart feature with my system like chromecast built in, spotify connect, etc. A built in google assistant would be great. Smallish apartment (do not want to use rear, ceiling speakers, huge sub). What I looked for so far: Yamaha YAS 209 soundbar. Sony HT-ZF9 soundbar. Samsung HW-MS660 / XE Or HW-MS550 soundbar. Sonos beam (with the sub it becomes very expensive for me) Bose soundtouch 300 (with the sub it becomes very expensive for me) Couple of Dali oberon 1 (But not sure what to use for amp. Need HDMI ARC support) My budget is somewhat 500 to 650 USD. I know I sound very confused, but that is how I feeling. If had a big budget, there wouldn't be any problem. But in tight budget, it's very problematic. Any advice would be really really appreciated. Thanks in advance.